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By Our Staff Reporter
BANGALORE, OCT. 23. The Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, B.S. Yediyurappa, today appealed to the Veerashaiva mathadhipatis to bring about unity among Lingayats putting aside all differences.
Addressing members of the All-India Veerashaiva Mahasabha at the foundation-stone laying function of the Rs. 5-croreVeerashaiva Bhavana on Bellary Road here, he said Rambhapuri Swamiji had recently tried to bring about unity among Lingayats but with little success.
It was the duty of the Veerashaiva mathadhipatis from all sections of the community to come together and work for their welfare, he added.
He announced a contribution of Rs. 1 lakh for the construction of the bhavan in the name of his wife, Maitradevi, who died recently.
In his benedictory address, Shivakumara Swamiji of Siddhaganga Math said that though most people spoke about secularism and a casteless society, the country was a long way from realising these ideals.
Even the Government insisted that people mention their caste and sub-castes in application forms.
There was nothing wrong if Lingayats organised themselves, he said.
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